(James"town` weed`) (Bot.) The poisonous thorn apple or stramonium a rank weed
early noticed at Jamestown, Virginia. See Datura.
This name is often corrupted into jimson, jimpson, and gympsum.
(Jan) n. [Ar.] (Moham. Myth.) One of an intermediate order between angels and men.
(Jane) n. [LL. Janua Genoa; L. Genua, also OE. Jean.]
1. A coin of Genoa; any small coin. Chaucer.
2. A kind of twilled cotton cloth. See Jean.
(Jane"-of-apes") n. A silly, pert girl; corresponding to jackanapes. Massinger.
(Jan"gle) v. i. [imp. & p. p. Jangled ; p. pr. & vb. n. Jangling ] [OE. janglen to quarrel,
OF. jangler to rail, quarrel; of Dutch or German origin; cf. D. jangelen, janken, to whimper, chide, brawl,
1. To sound harshly or discordantly, as bells out of tune.
2. To talk idly; to prate; to babble; to chatter; to gossip. "Thou janglest as a jay." Chaucer.
3. To quarrel in words; to altercate; to wrangle.
Good wits will be jangling; but, gentles, agree.Shak.
Prussian Trenck . . . jargons and jangles in an unmelodious manner.Carlyle.
(Jan"gle), v. t. To cause to sound harshly or inharmoniously; to produce discordant sounds with.
Like sweet bells jangled, out of tune, and harsh.Shak.
(Jan"gle), n. [Cf. OF. jangle.]
1. Idle talk; prate; chatter; babble. Chaucer.
2. Discordant sound; wrangling.
The musical jangle of sleigh bells.Longfellow.
(Jan"gler) n. [Cf. OF. jangleor.]
1. An idle talker; a babbler; a prater. Chaucer.
2. A wrangling, noisy fellow.
(Jan"gler*ess), n. A female prater or babbler.
(Jan"gler*y), n. [Cf. OF. janglerie chattering, talk.] Jangling. [Obs.] Chaucer.
(Jan"gling) a. Producing discordant sounds. "A jangling noise." Milton.
1. Idle babbling; vain disputation.
From which some, having swerved, have turned aside unto vain jangling.1 Tim. i. 6.